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“Stop if passing by anyway, but perhaps not worth a special trip”
Review of Mossy Cave Trail

Mossy Cave Trail
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

This is a nice, relatively short (15 minutes each way with slight uphill) walk, with a sampling of the typical Bryce red-rock pillars scenery. The "cave" itself is actually a slight overhang perhaps 30 feet wide with moss growing on a few spots. As such it isn't terribly exciting, though perhaps for somebody living in the southwest seeing that amount of moss anywhere is unusual.

Near the cave there is a bigger waterfall with a 20 foot drop that's on the river you follow along the walk. When we were there the overlook was closed for maintenance, but you could still see the waterfall from the trail. Some people followed the river to the waterfall and it was constantly populated with waders the 30 minutes or so we had lunch under a tree along the trail. I didn't go down there so I am not sure how powerful the current is in that location and I wouldn't immediately want you to think it might be a good place to take small children for a swim unless you checked with somebody first. There isn't a designated trail or swimming area.

The trail itself is out of the main part of the park and involves a 15 minute drive from the visitor center. I am not sure I would consider it worth a special trip if you've had a sampling of the real Bryce Park, but it could be something to include if you're east of the park anyway. The trail head is outside the gated area of the park so if you're not stopping at the main park but want to pick up a short hike on the way to/from Tropic this would be a way to get a small sample of the park scenery without going to the area where you have to pay a fee.

If you have children, one of the park's children activities is accumulating a certain amount of medallion hiking miles. I think this hike gets you 0.8 miles (check the park's web site for details). If you're heading into Bryce from the east you could stop here to get them started (take a photo of the participants with the special gold medallion signpost near the cave).

No drinking water but there was an outhouse.

1  Thank Sesarma
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

While visiting Bryce Canyon, we decided to walk this trail. It was a rock overhang with no water. The nearby waterfall was almost nonexistent and the rock formations along the trail were unspectacular especially after seeing and enjoying the beautiful trails and hoodoos in Bryce. The small children, however seemed to enjoy playing in the little stream along Mossy Trail.

Thank Davistravels
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

This was a very beautiful easy walk.......a nice, extremely scenic waterfall in red rock. A nice stream...........arches, rock formations, lots and lots of red...........mossy cave was the destination but the walk there was highlight

Thank yondershiningstar
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

We were recommended this trail by the Coffee shop owners in Tropic who said it was one of her favourite hikes and could see why it is really beautiful walking by the river up to the waterfall among the lovely rock formations, make an effort and go to the cave it is very special and cool on a hot day
The trail is not strenuous and worth a stop as it gives a different view of Bryce with the water course

Thank Oaks46
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

We went at the end of July and the waterfall was almost non-existant and the cave had moss but no icicles of course. There was still water there and it was clear and flowing on the path up.

The path splits at one point to the left is the cave and to the right a few steps away there was a sign that said path closed. The path that was closed was down into the river/waterfall area. Just left of the closed sign is another path around the waterfall and up to the arch. The path is easy while flat and you can easily see the arch and the steep path from the bottom.
About half the people went up, half didn't. The kids had not been to Arches yet and practically ran up the hill to sit in the arch. It was pretty steep but easy going up. Going down was a little scary for the kids even with hiking shoes (7 and 9). They came down half way on their bottoms because it was too steep for them, so did some other kids.
We saw some tweens go down it, albeit very slowly, in canvas sneakers.
On the way back, the kids had fun walking through the "river" between the middle and first bridge.
If you are not going on to Arches, this may be your only arch so I would definitely go, if however you are going on to Arches, you can easily skip this. There are bathrooms here.

1  Thank Cynthia M
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